Friends of Rentiesville Blues and Selby Minner are proud to announce a full line-up of local, regional and national acts for the 27th annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, slated for Labor Day weekend. The festival will be held at the old Minner family-farm-turned-venue, the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame on Sept 1 – 3
Lil ED . . . Johnny Rawls. . .INDIGENOUS. . . Captain Jack . . Akeem Kemp
Berry Harris. . .Jimmy Preacher Ellis. . . and more! More complete bios soon…
B R E A K D O W N . . .
B a n d B i o s
From across the Nation:
INDIGENOUS – Mato back in Rentiesville after some 20 years…he has grown into one of the most respected singer guitarists on the road, touring regularly with Buddy Guy and the Jimi Hendrix Experience – thanks to the Checotah and the Eufaula Creek Nation Casinos
LIL’ ED and the Blues Imperials – band of the year Award from Memphis Blues Foundation – same players for 20 years – a powerhouse of FUN!
NORMAN JACKSON BAND– placed third in the I B Challenge, over close to 2000 bands!
JOHNNY RAWLS keeping the Mississippi Blues alive and on the road non stop for years. He was voted Soul Blues Artist of the year by the Memphis based International Blues Foundation…charms the ladies, and the men love him too! Red Cadillac is his hit …also I Say Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! You have seen Johnny here before… and this year hw will be back, Friday night only
AKEEM KEMP from Arkansas – placed in the IBC Youth Challenge in Memphis
SELBY Minner and Blues on the Move – OK Slim, Homer Johnson, Cecil Gray, Electric Steve BONNIE McCoy niece of the late great Memphis Minnie!!
CAPTAIN JACK up from the Dallas area SELBY MINNER Rentiesville
MISS BLUES is the real deal, say no more! OBHOF
LEON ROLLERSON a legend from Tulsa OBHOF
JIMMY Preacher ELLIS – up from Dallas, everyone loves Preacher OBHOF
BERRY HARRIS … a life in the blues Hi is the voice of the Blues in Wichita KS many years originally out of Stringtown OK OBHOF
HAROLD JEFFERSON OKC, OBHOF
MAIN McMANN OKC
WANDA WATSON Tulsa OBHOF
OKLA OLLIE will be inducted during his set
CeCe, Sunsetter and band from OKC,
Harley Cowboy Hamm (Checotah),
Roger Hurricane Wilson (GA), toured over a million miles
Jerome Robinson, bassist in from Florida
Dues Paid (Bartlesville OK),
Sunsetter and the Jazzy Blues Men Band with Ms Sunset and the one and only ‘Spank Me Baby’ in OKC – indoor club stage
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Famers will grace the stage in abundance this year in Rentiesville. At least 10
GOSPEL Sunday at 6 pm Main Stage – free for seniors – Rev Tony Wise’s VOPBC Men’s Choir, LadyDee Donna great vocals.
HAROLD ALDRIDGE Dr. Harold Aldridge March 3, 2014 Aldridge sings the blues Dr. Harold Aldridge is a retired professor of psychology at NSU in Tahlequah. Tahlequah Daily Press By RENEE FITE Special Writer TAHLEQUAH — The gray is beginning to cover his once-black hair, and it shows when the tall, lanky musician adjusts his black felt cowboy hat. He’s admits to being a little nervous. To keep his hands busy and mind occupied before the show begins, he tunes his guitar, glancing around the room, waving or nodding to friends. “An Evening of Blues Music,” presented at Webb Tower by Dr. Harold Aldridge, professor emeritus of psychology at Northeastern State University, was in observance of Black History month. After a brief introduction and enthusiastic applause, Aldridge began with a joke. “As the milk cow said to the dairy man, ‘Thanks for the warm hand,’” he said. For the next hour, the audience was taken on a journey through black history via the blues, from deep in the Mississippi Delta, to Alabama, the East Coast, Kansas City, Oklahoma, Texas and California. “I’m going to tell you the history of blues, and hopefully, it will be entertaining,” Aldridge said. “I stick with the old stuff, from Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.” According to Aldridge, blues music is evolving. “It’s almost like rock in some places; I guess next we’ll have rap blues,” he said. As his story unfolded, the audience learned the blues has changed with varying locations and situations. “The blues originated in West Africa and came here as a feeling, the soul of it, the spirit of high John the Conqueror,” said the Aldridge. “Guitars and banjos came, too.” Aldridge said his dad sang the old blues songs, and his granddad told stories, as did his aunties, of their history and growing up in the black community of Taft. He also learned all styles of blues as he played guitar with friends of his father, some of the old men around town. “When the slaves worked in the fields doing the same thing every day, they sang out field hollers and chants that built on one another,” said Aldridge. “Along with work songs, spirituals and gospel, they developed into the blues.” Through the songs, they would built one another up, he said. His grandfather worked for Midland Valley Railroad in Muskogee from 1920 to 1945. “He was a gandy dancer, part of a crew of six men who built the railroad track with a pick and an ax,” Aldridge said. “They unloaded gravel by hand, then carried heavy rails and had to line them up. They used the cadence of songs to line it up right.” Throughout the performance, Aldridge mentioned several blues men, his favorites, then played a song typical of that singer’s style, telling stories about him. “Robert Johnson’s deep Delta blues opened up the door for other blues musicians. The deep blues of the South reflects life and death, hard work and hard times,” he said. “As blues left Mississippi and Alabama and filtered, it was changed by the music already there. On the east coast, it became Piedmont blues, a softer sound with more picking to it. In the Chicago-style blues of Jimmy Reed, it was a rolling style: simple, basic stuff. The audience knew his songs and sang along.” Aldridge related the story of R.A.L. Burnside, who spent time in prison for murder. “He denied killing anyone, saying, ‘I did mean to shoot the guy in the head, but his dying was between him and God,’” said Aldridge. “These guys were a different breed of cats.” In Texas, they played a single note, picking blues-style. When blues made it to the West Coast, it had more of a jazz style – like T-Bone Walker, from whom Chuck Berry got his moves. “Oklahoma was a crossroads from Kansas City, to Texas and California,” he said. “How did blues get to Oklahoma? There were blacks who came in shackles with the Five Civilized Tribes, and after the Civil War, tribes were in flux. And there were Freedmen.” The tribes tried to make the territory an Indian state. “But ‘the Man’ saw too many resources for that to happen, he said. “State negroes, born in the U.S., came to Oklahoma territory because it was supposed to be a free state. They were just gamblers enough to believe it would be an open free state.” With the Dawes Commission, many freedmen got land, the same as Indians. “Former slaves and Indians knew nothing about owning little parcels of land; they believed all the land was open and so the land got away from them real quick,” said Aldridge. More family stories followed, including a song written for his grandfather, Buddy Wells, who was a quadroon: a quarter black and three-quarters white. Wells was raised under the tutelage of his white father. His aunties said when the father died, the whites considered Buddy to be “uppity” when he wouldn’t stay in his place, so he left ahead of a mob and set up a home in Taft. Blues songs are born from coping with such situations. “I’m going to sing a song about race, money, politics and sex,” Aldridge said, “So if you don’t like one part of the song, hold on to it and I’ll get to something you’ll like.” Inviting the standing-room-only audience to sing the chorus, he sang, “I had the blues so bad one time; it put my face in a permanent frown; now, I’m feelin’ so much better; I could cakewalk into town.” And like many a blues song, the evening ended with hope and humor. Ben Kracht, chair of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies, and the NSU History Department, sponsored the event. “I’ve always been a fan of blues music,” Kracht said. “Harold knows the history of the songs and the stories that go with it.” Carl Farinelli, musician and professor, said he shows a video of Aldridge to his American Song as Literature class. “He knows, and takes you back to the roots of the blues from work hollers – rhythms built on work that the poorest folk did in those days,” Farinelli said. “He takes you down a historical blues road. Very few people know that road the way Harold does.” Mike McKinney Son of the great Oklahoma City pianist /educator we inducted last year, June McKinney, and “Road bassist for the Jacksons (recommended by Nate Watts). Credited on the Jacksons album Triumph [Epic, 1980], and is the bassist heard on Jacksons: Live [Epic, 1981].” Mike was playing a five string bass when it was still a novelty and has been around the world on tour twice with Michael Jackson.
Jimmy Preacher Ellis – Despite picking up and moving a lot over his career (Seattle, LA, Honolulu, New Orleans, Tulsa, and Dallas have all at one time been been home), Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis is “an Arkansas soul brother” by birth, and an OBHOF inductee.
. . in from Los Angeles with his band soulful West Coast Blues w Oklahoma roots.
Selby Minner has been fatured in Living Blues Magazine, on Black Entertainment Television, the Oprah Winfrey Show, OETA and NPR. She has performed with Albert Collins, Lowell Fulsom, Drink Small, Little Johnny Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Tony Mathews, and opened for Koko Taylor, Albert King, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy among others. Selby has been inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame housed in Rentiesville and the Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center through the Larry Johnson Foundation. Selby is a seasoned and fun blues singer/bassist who is working with guitar slinger Dan Ortiz on lead. She toured non-stop for 12 years with blues legend D.C. Minner across the US and over to Belgium and Holland before settling at his birthplace of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. There they established the Down Home Blues Club and founded the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival around 1990, both which continue on to this day. The Festival has gained national attention, and presents more than 200 blues musicians for three days every labor Day Weekend.
Selby’s lead player
DAN ‘OKLAHOMA SLIM’ – Julio Daniel Ortiz Jr.
is the guitarist for Selby and Blues on the Move out of Rentiesville OK. He is an inductee into the Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center on Lincoln in OKC, through the Larry Johnson Foundation. Born in Chicago and raised in Lawton OK he had his band Starflight when he was stationed in Germany. Dan moved to Texas and later Florida. He played music there for 18 years. His guitar work is nuanced and powerful, and is influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Leon Blue (keyboardist for BB King and on most Blues Cruises) says “That man can play that guitar!” Joe Mack wrote “Incredible guitar!!” contact: 918.680-0210 and 918-855-097